Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which reached number one on Billboard Hot 100, which was also in the top 10 chart at the same time as "Foolish", "Always on Time" (with Ja Rule), and "What's Luv? Her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer.Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.Word on the street is Ashanti has officially been kicked to the curb for being a lying cheating no good slore!A trusted source has confirmed the breakup to BOSSIP exclusively.She also had a couple of minor appearances in music videos, such as KRS-One's "MC's Act Like They Don't Know" as well as 8-Off's "Ghetto Girl". This ultimately led to a record deal with Jive Records in 1997.
While attending high school, she began to write songs.Ashanti also performed in the 1989 Disney television film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jomecia Moore and Phylicia Rashad.When she was three years old, Ashanti sang in a gospel choir called "Having Some Fun and the Handsome Pigeons," but her mother discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. By the time Ashanti hit puberty, her mother was sending out demo tapes of her singing and dancing.As a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline's Comedy Club, and Greek Fest 2000.In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adams's "More Than a Melody".
After years of knowing that Ashanti was at odds with Keyshia (who never made it a secret that she disliked Ashanti and may as well have confessed to a relationship with Chink during a 2005 appearance on “106 & Park”) why were the women finally able to bury the hatchet?